Books & Poetry

‘Jumping at Shadows’ Offers Multifaceted Examination of How Fear Is Stoked

Author Sasha Abramsky explores what happens when a society places the idea of safety at all costs ahead of the common good. Read story.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

‘Dreaming the Beatles’

‘Rolling Stone’ writer offers a funny, imaginative, thoroughly researched book that may well convince you to join the band’s perpetual magical mystery tour. Read story.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Author Nomi Prins Releases ‘Collusion: How Central Bankers Rigged the World’

Former Wall Street executive’s new book is a warning that the lessons of 2008 haven’t been learned. Read story.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

‘Rebound’ Qualifies as Fitness Bible

Books tells readers how to regain strength, move effortlessly, and live without limits at any age. Read story.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Teju Cole’s ‘Blind Spot’ Is New Collection of Photographs

The photography critic is a talented writer and brings a pleasing symmetry to the overall project. Read story.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

‘Heating & Cooling: 52 Micro-Memoirs’

Beth Ann Fennelly is so charming that one can’t help but be drawn into her quirky and ultimately life-affirming world. Read story.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Author Rebecca Solnit’s Book Offers Optimism in Dire Times

Hope in the Dark reminds that social change often takes a circuitous route, moving so imperceptibly that we hardly see it coming because we’re in the process of living it. Read story.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

‘American War’ Darkly Imagines Second Half of 21st Century

The dystopian debut novel portrays an America divided. Read story.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

‘Equipment for Living: On Poetry and Pop Music’ Is a Collection of Lively, Hilarious Essays

Poet Michael Robbins embraces the fact that for most poets in their fifties or younger, popular music is at least as important an influence on their work as poetry itself. Read story.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

A Thomas Fire Poem: ‘’Tis the Week Before Christmas’

Some seasonal stanzas reflecting on life in the evacuation zone Read story.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

‘White Rage’ Is a Seminal Book About the African-American Experience

Author Carol Anderson makes a compelling argument that nothing triggers white rage like black advancement, real or perceived. Read story.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

‘Station Eleven’ Essay Winners

‘Indy’ and the public library hold a writing contest for Santa Barbara Reads. Read story.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Akhil Sharma Explores Culture Clashes in ‘A Life of Adventure and Delight’

While the short stories examine Indian and American differences, the real subject is the difficulty of creating and maintaining a successful marriage. Read story.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Thi Bui’s Memoir Gives Clear Picture of Vietnamese Experience During War

Author’s illustrated nonfiction explores the faces of the Vietnam War and the frightening responsibilities parents have toward their children. Read story.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Martin Puchner’s ‘The Written World’

Author unfolds a mesmerizing story, from the creation of the alphabet and paper to the electronic writing and printing of today. Read story.

Thursday, November 30, 2017
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